This briefing looks at what data and statistics are available about child deaths due to abuse or neglect.
Official measures are likely to be underestimations of the number of children who die due to abuse or neglect for a number of reasons, including:
However, based on the number of child homicides recorded by the police each year, we know that, on average, at least one child is killed a week in the UK.
Published: December 2021
Explores the different issues to consider when looking at service data, self-report data, trends and comparing statistics across different areas in relation to child abuse.
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Find out what data is available and what it can tell us about how many children and young people experience abuse and neglect in the UK.
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